Retro Space Images: Hoping for a Launch

Photo Credit: NASA / Retro Space Images

Photo Credit: NASA / Retro Space Images

Zooming In: Photographers perched near Complex 17 have Alan Shepard’s Redstone rocket at Complex 5 in their viewfinders. A classic Chevrolet station wagon sits in the foreground. The attempted launch of the first American in space was scrubbed on this morning of May 2, 1961. The nation had to wait three more days to hear that the U.S. had put a man in space.

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